Jul 11, 2014 — The Republican challenger for Governor, Rob Astorino, has proposed multiple debates in locations around the state with incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo. The governor has so far not accepted any.
Astorino said in a video that the debates should be held in every region of the state between now and Election Day.
“I challenge Governor Cuomo to a series of at least eight regional debates around New York State,” he said.
Astorino says he agreed to five one-hour debates when he ran for his second term as Westchester County Executive. A spokesman for Cuomo’s campaign replied sarcastically that Astorino has “taken so many sides of various issues, he could hold 8 debates just with himself.” The spokesman, Peter Kauffman, did not say whether Cuomo would agree to any debates either with Astorino or other candidates between now and November.
It’s usual for a political challenger to call for more debates than their opponent, especially when the incumbent, like Cuomo, has much better name recognition and is far ahead in the polls.